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After falling short in Game 6 on Tuesday, the Detroit Red Wings will battle for the Stanley Cup tonight at Joe Louis Arena against the Pittsburgh Penguins. In the best of one, the winner takes all.
Game 7 Destiny
When one bounce of the puck, one misstep, or one penalty can change the momentum and outcome of this game, players’ decisions are magnified in Game 7 situations. Everything that this team has worked so hard for this season has boiled down to tonight’s game. The Detroit News columnist Bob Wojnowski says that the Wings need to find every last ounce of energy and use it if they want to repeat. Defenseman Niklas Kronwall talked to The Detroit News about how special this game, and opportunity, truly is. According to the Detroit Free Press, the players are just trying to stick with their normal game-day schedule — no need to get fancy now.
Home-ice advantage will be huge for the Wings and all the fans attending tonight’s contest better bring their A-game! With the statistics leaning favorably to Detroit, the Penguins aren’t trying to make a big deal about their efforts to buck that trend.
A lot of pressure will be placed squarely on the shoulders of netminder Chris Osgood, forward Marian Hossa, coach Mike Babcock, Pittsburgh’s goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, and Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. And it’s not just the players feeling the pressure — the fans are stressing out too. Abel to Yzerman, Hockeytown Static, Bingo Bango, and On the Wings discuss their battle with nerves.
Win or lose, it’s been a wonderful season but we’re sure hoping our boys can pull out a win tonight and become back-to-back champs!
In Other News
The Detroit News writes about the impact the Wings have on the city during these troubled economic times.
The 2008-09 season may end tonight, but you can sign up for 2009-10 Red Wings season tickets today.